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If you’ve experienced spotting or breakthrough bleeding when taking other birth control pills, or if you experience especially heavy periods, Ovral may be the solution. It contains doses of hormones that are higher than many other brands, allowing you to take control of your cycle and get some much-needed relief! Ovral is not for you if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a family history of blood clots. Our experts can help you decide if Ovral is your best choice.
Ovral is a combination-style birth control pill that uses two hormones, estrogen and progestin, to trick your body into thinking it’s already pregnant. That way, a true pregnancy won’t occur. Ovral provides a consistent and steady dose of hormones and works well for women who are used to taking birth control pills.
At this time Nurx does not offer Ovral, but we carry similar birth control options available for delivery. Just answer a few quick questions and one of our licensed providers will help find the birth control that’s right for you. Click here to get started.
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Will Ovral Cause Acne?
As with your period, how you react to Ovral is a very personal thing. Sure, there's a possibility that hormone-based acne will result when you take Ovral — but again, there's a good chance that Ovral will help with an existing acne problem. After all, dermatologists have often prescribed birth control to help with acne.
Will Ovral Affect My Period?
While some known side effects of Ovral are irregularity and spotting, it's actually quite likely that Ovral will improve your period. You can experience more regular periods that are lighter and less painful. In fact, women who suffer from excessive period pain and discomfort have often been prescribed combination birth control pills for much-needed relief from PMS and bad cramping, even when they don't need pregnancy prevention.
Will Ovral React With Other Meds I’m Taking?
There's a possibility. This is especially true of medications that contain hormones or aromatase inhibitors and are used to treat certain forms of cancer (such as breast cancer). Meds like these can cause unwanted effects or maybe reduce Ovral's effectiveness at preventing pregnancy. You should bring up anything you're taking — including over-the-counter meds, recreational drugs, or herbal supplements — with your doctor or one of our professionals before starting Ovral. Other meds that may cause issues include those taken for chronic hepatitis C, seizures, HIV, fungal infections, and narcolepsy. It's a good idea to list everything in your medical history and every drug you're currently taking so you're ready for the discussion you'll need to have.
What Are Some Side Effects Connected With Ovral?
Side effects are very rare but have been noted. They include headaches, nausea, vomiting, breast tenderness, water retention, and swelling of the ankles or feet. Serious side effects are extremely unlikely but have been seen in some women taking Ovral. These include blood clotting, heart disease, lumps in the breast, unusual sweating, migraines, dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath, and stroke-like symptoms, such as slurred speech and weakness on one side of the body. Extreme mood changes, including depression, are also a possibility. If you're nearsighted or wear contact lenses, Ovral can potentially cause vision problems. Talk to your eye doctor right away if you notice any changes.
Are There Precautions When Starting Ovral?
As with any prescription med, you should talk to your doctor or one of our personal advisors before taking Ovral. Those who suffer from allergies may encounter itching, hives, rashes, trouble breathing, and swelling of the lips, tongue, or throat. Diabetics may notice changes in their blood sugar when taking Ovral, so watch for increased thirst or more frequent urination. Women who smoke, especially those over 35, have a higher risk of serious side effects, such as heart disease. A progestin-only pill (also called a POP or mini-pill) may be a better choice. Those looking to eliminate their periods can turn to a continuous-cycle pill instead, such as Seasonale. Our professionals are always available to answer questions and help you make the best choice.
Is Ovral Easy to Get?
Yes! It's a very effective birth control option that's been proven safe, so most pharmacies carry it. You do need a prescription to get Ovral, though. If you're concerned about privacy and discretion, give us a try. We work with patients of almost all ages, use real doctors to prescribe over the internet, and ship directly to your door. Cost is a big factor for many women. Luckily, many health insurance policies will pay for Ovral. We currently work with a bunch of different providers, and we're always expanding our list. If paying out of pocket is your choice, Ovral is affordable and also available in generic form (Ogestrel).
How Is Ovral Used?
Ovral is a pill that's taken daily. Choose a time and take it at the same time each day. This helps to reduce side effects and ensure that your Ovral is working as best as possible to prevent pregnancy. Some women experience nausea and find that taking Ovral after dinner or before bedtime helps. Ovral is available in packs of either 21 or 28. There's no difference except that Ovral (28) includes an extra set of seven pills you take around the time of your period. These are placebo pills and contain no hormones. Their only use is to keep you in the habit of taking Ovral every day.
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